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BASSIL EMPHASIZES RIGHT OF DIASPORA TO VOTEc

Foreign Affairs Minister, Gebran Bassil, stressed during his visit to Australia on Sunday the right of Lebanese diaspora to take part in legislative elections.

Minister Bassil called for the amendment of the new law in order to allow emigrants to vote from their country of residence through electronic ballot.

According to Bassil, to properly implement the Taef accord, twenty MPs should be elected representing the Lebanese diaspora all over the world.

He said during the press conference in Australia that he tackled with his Australian counterpart common challenges between the two countries, notably in terms of fighting terrorism and refugees' dossier.

He said that the Lebanese state should set up a plan for said dossier, instead of waiting for International parties' promises.

In this regard, he noted that Lebanon was a country of emigration and not of installation.

As for Syrian displaced in Lebanon, the Minister expressed his concern, recalling that the return of Syrians to their country was now possible, "a responsibility that falls under United Nations."

Minister Bassil said that the Lebanese succeeded in countering terrorism, "We are against terrorism."

"Indeed, Lebanon, which is participating in the coalition of 68 countries, succeeded in defeating terrorism more than others, thanks to its security services. Our country is paying the price of the flow of Syrian refugees, because the international community is giving up its responsibilities. Lebanon gave a lesson in accommodation, charity and humanitarian action," he concluded.

Source: National News Agency